SHEEPDOG by Kevin Artigue opens August 26 at Oldcastle Theater Company

Kevin Artigue’s “Sheepdog” opens August 26, 2022 as the Oldcastle Theater Company continues its 50th anniversary season.

Inspired by a 2016 viral Facebook post by Cleveland, Ohio police officer Nakia Jones, Artigue’s piece examines a love story between two Cleveland police officers: Amina, who is black, and Ryan, who is white.

Their deep love for each other is sidetracked when Ryan becomes entangled in the aftermath of a shooting involving an officer. In a play the Chicago Tribune called “a must-see and intensely emotional,” “Sheepdog” challenges audiences to candidly examine class, race, love and that infinitesimal life-changing moment before a police officer shoots his gun.

The cast includes four actors making their Oldcastle debut. Ravin Patterson, who plays Amina, has been seen on Shakespeare & Company in “Red Velvet” and on Netflix in “The OA,” among other roles. She is also a playwright and her play “Dining on the Truckside or the Untold Story of the Turnpike Greats” was selected for the New Jersey Play Lab’s 2022 Residency. Michael Patrick Trimm joins the cast as Ryan. Off-Broadway credits include “Julius Caesar” at The Public Theater and “The New Sincerity” at The New Wave Theater Co. It has been seen regionally at the Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Hangar Theatre, Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater and Ithaca Shakespeare Co., among others. Joining Ravin and Michael as offstage voices are Hoosick Falls, NY native Victoria Benkoski, who was recently seen as the stepmother in Capital Rep Theater’s production of “Cinderella” and Bennington local Enrique Segura, who appeared most recently in the Broadway production of “The Lion King,” where he played the role of Ed for over 17 years. “Sheepdog” is directed by Kirk Jackson, a professor at Bennington College for more than 20 years.

His extensive credits include work at the Dorset Theater Festival, Hubbard Hall, as well as two recent groundbreaking productions (“A Doll’s House, Part 2” and “Constellations”) in an empty pool for the Living Room Theatre. The design team includes set and costume design by Ken Mooney, lighting design by Michael Giannitti, and sound design by Cory Wheat. The production stage manager is Kristine Schlachter.

Presented by Oldcastle Theater Company and title sponsor, The Coffee Bar, this poignant and powerful drama opens August 26, 2022 and runs through September 4 at Bennington Performing Arts Center-The Home of Oldcastle Theater Company, 331 Main Street in Bennington, VT.

Tickets are $25-$35. Performances are Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2 p.m., with a Pay What You Want night on Wednesday, August 31 and the night of Thursday September 1.

Face masks are currently required when in the building. Get tickets online at oldcastletheatre.org/tickets, by phone at 802-447-0564, or in person 90 minutes before each performance.

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